Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nutritional Values Of Pistachios

Pistachios belongs to the family of Anacardaceae, which are dry fruits of the plant and delicious in taste, comprising much potential health benefits.

After plantation, pistachios plants take eight years to produce dry fruits or otherwise called Pistachios nuts, and after that the plant gives harvest of fruits every year.

These fruits are edible and found in clusters like grape fruits, shell of the fruits are white in color with yellow light green oblong kernel and approximately one inch in size.

Nutritional values of Pistachios are; Pistachios provides as much as 550 K calories of energy for one hundred grams of nuts, it contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber and zero cholesterol.

They consists of essential minerals like, potassium, sodium, copper, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium and Vitamins namely, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and antioxidants like, lutein, crypto-xanthin B, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene, all contribute to promote general health and wellness.

Pistachios Health Benefits include; Oleic acid found in pistachios lowers LDL Cholesterol and raises the level of HDL cholesterol in the blood and along with mono-unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, it prevents Coronary Arterial Disorders, prevents heart strokes, improves heart health, stabilizes lipid profile in the blood. 

Due to the presence of Phyto-chemicals and poly phenolic antioxidants, Vitamin E, Carotenes, it eliminates toxic free oxygen radicals thus prevents degenerative diseases, like hypertension, diabetes, cancers. Gamma-tocopherol which is lipid soluble antioxidant that maintains the integrity of cell and mucus membranes thus improves skin health, and protects from harmful free radicals, prevents premature aging, protects Ultraviolet radiation, prevents skin cancer and keeps the skin glowing and maintains the moisture of skin.